Bawumia commissions 124 homes in Appiatse reconstruction project
Bawumia commissions 124 homes in Appiatse reconstruction project

Two years after the unfortunate tragedy that ravaged Appiatse, a community in the Prestea-Huni Valley District of the Western Region, the Vice President, Dr Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia has commissioned and handed over a 124-unit housing project that officially signifies the resettlement of residents of the community.

The newly built structures which were commissioned by the Vice President on Thursday, May 2, 2024, range from one-bedroom to seven-bedroom units, with enhanced facilities, including a market, six-unit classroom and kindergarten blocks, inner roads, water and electricity, a drainage system and a water storage system.

Addressing a gathering of ecstatic and relieved residents as well as chiefs of Appiatse and its surrounding communities, Dr Bawumia first paid tribute to the persons who lost their lives in the incident and sent words of comfort to their families.

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia noted the completion of Phase II of the Appiatse Reconstruction  Project is indicative of the resilience, compassion and indomitable spirit of the people of Appaitse as well as the entire country.

He paid glowing tributes to the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his dedication and commitment to ensuring that the people of Appiatse were resettled into spacious, modern and environmentally-friendly housing structures that guaranteed their peace of minds and growth.

Detailing the personal contribution of the President and his unalloyed interest in the Appiatse Reconstruction Project, Dr Alhaji Bawumia said “President Akufo-Addo was the first person to donate to the Appiatse Support Fund, a sign of his compassion and dedication towards the rebuilding of this community.

“ In addition to his donation, President Akufo-Addo directed that Five Million Dollars (US$5,000,000.00) out of the Six Million Dollars (US$6,000,000.00) administrative fine imposed on the company at the centre of the explosion, be paid to the Appiatse Support Fund to support victims of the incident and the rebuilding of this community. Such a selfless and compassionate gesture.

Shedding further light on the contributions by key stakeholders including the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources which was speahearded by the sector Minister, Samuel A. Jinapor, Dr Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia recounted that immediately after the incident, government through the Ministry of Lands and Natural initiated measures that ensure that the burden on the residents were lessened and instituted a process for the resettlement of the residents.

Describing the Lands Minister as ‘Bulldozer’, Dr Bawumia spoke glowingly of him for his vested interest and commitment in ensuring that the Appiatse project came into fruition and also commended the members of the Appiatse Reconstruction Committee chaired by the former Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources in charge of forestry Benito Owusu Bio for the efforts.

“ We are grateful to all who offered support in our time of need, whether through words of comfort, a listening ear, provision of a need or a temporary place of abode or a contribution thereto; but very importantly to all – both corporate and individual Ghanaians – who, out of the generosity of their hearts, contributed in cash and kind to support the rebuilding of the new Appiatse we commission today. It is my prayer that the Almighty God will, abundantly, replenish whatever you sacrificed.  We are, also, grateful to the various committees, the Appiatse Support Fund, the Appiatse Implementation Committee, the experts, consultants, contractors and many others whose selfless dedication has brought us this far.

“To the indefatigable Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor, who has led this project from the beginning to date, I say thank you for your exemplary leadership and dedication. Your commitment and relentless zeal in seeing to the completion of this project has been unwavering. This is why I refer to him as the “Bulldozer Minister.” He just gets the work done. I am aware of the several visits you made to this community to assess progress of work and to ensure that the contractors execute the project on schedule. The people Appiatse are grateful for your services. I count on your dedication to see to the completion of Phase 3 of this consequential project, he said.

Dr Bawumia gave the strongest assurance that the government has since the incident employed various measures and interventions to avert a reoccurrence of same and also assured the chiefs and residents that the government will continue to provide support for them and ensure that their living conditions take an upward curve.

On his part, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel A. Jinapor commended the residents and chiefs of Appiatse for their collaborative efforts and patience throughout the period.

He singled out Dr Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia for praises as leader who right from the onset, provided visionary and fatherly role to the people of Appiatse and stayed with them every step along the way. He recollected that a day after the incident, the Vice President visited the grieving community and assured them of his commitment to seeing their grief turn into joy and that the competition of the Phase II of the project fulfillment of the promise.

He also commended the Hon. Benito Owusu-Bio led committee for their indefatigable role in the  project and also empathized with those who lost their lives in the process. He did not leave out the Board Chair of the Minerals Commission and New Patriotic Party’s parliamentary candidate of the area, Barbara Oteng Gyasi for her commitment to the project.

Hon. Benito Owusu-Bio, the Chairperson of the Appiatse Reconstruction expressed gratitude to the government and indicated his excitement with the competition of the project.

The ceremony which was graced by high-ranking government officials such as the Chairman for Appiatse Reconstruction Implementation Committe, Hon. Benito Owusu-Bio, Western Regional Minister, Hon. Kwabena Okyere Darko, the Minister for Information Designate, Hon. Fatimatu Abubakar amongst others also saw the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia breaking grounds for the construction of a 70-unit housing project which is Phase Three of the Appiatse Reconstruction Project.